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Bruce Sewell, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Apple, Inc., testifies before the House Judiciary Committee during a hearing titled

Apple's Bruce Sewell: 'I'm Done With Being a GC'

By Stephanie Forshee |

Sewell, whose departure from Apple was announced last week, reflected on the company's evolving legal department, iPhone privacy controversies and "The Cellphone Wars."

Katherine Adams, formerly senior vice president and general counsel of Honeywell, will join Apple as general counsel.

Apple Names Honeywell Exec Katherine Adams as New GC

By Stephanie Forshee |

Apple Inc. general counsel Bruce Sewell announced he is retiring from the company at the end of this year. Fulfilling his role will be Katherine Adams, who joins the Cupertino, California-based company from Honeywell International Inc. where she acted as GC and SVP.

Desktop's Not Dead: Law Firms Continue to Use Desktops for Security, Upkeep Concerns

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Desktop computers may not be the slickest machines on the market, but they don't appear to be leaving law offices anytime soon, according to the 2017 LTN Tech Survey.

Former Equifax CEO Richard Smith, left, speaks with former Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), now with DLA Piper, right, before the start of a House Energy & Banking Committee hearing on Equifax’s data breach, on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

DLA Piper, a Hacking Victim Itself, Helps Guide Equifax on Capitol Hill

By C. Ryan Barber |

As Equifax navigates the halls of Congress to contain the fallout over one of the largest breaches in U.S. history, its go-to firm, King & Spalding, has not been the only one by the company's side. Lawyers from DLA Piper, itself the victim of a hack this year, are also helping to guide Equifax through the data breach scandal.

Former Equifax CEO Richard Smith testifies Tuesday before the Energy & Banking Committee.

Equifax Retained Law Firm a Month Before Notifying Public of Data Breach

By R. Robin McDonald |

Equifax waited more than a month before on Sept. 7 notifying the public that hackers had accessed personal and financial information for about 145.5 million consumers, its former CEO testified Tuesday before the House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer ­Protection.

That Law Firm's Website Might Not Be for a Real Law Firm

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

A new white paper examines a growing trend of fraudsters posing as attorneys or legal consultants online to exploit those seeking legal services.

Following Layoffs, Former ILTA Founder Launches Association of Legal Technologists

By Rhys Dipshan |

The association, which will hold its first event in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2018, seeks to be a type of think-tank for the legal industry, with a focus on problem-solving and networking.

CVS Can't Boot Suit Challenging Website's ADA Compliance

By Erin Mulvaney |

Uncertainty over the scope of ADA protections has only increased in recent years, sparking a wave of lawsuits that seek to push the reach of the law beyond entrance ramps and bathroom access for people with disabilities. A California federal judge’s ruling this week keeps alive a suit that alleges CVS Pharmacy Inc.’s website and mobile apps do not ensure blind users can access services and could be a violation of federal disability laws.

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What Microsoft’s Recent Office 365 and Security Updates Mean for Legal

By Rhys Dipshan |

From new reporting functionality to cross-application tagging and security features, the new updates aim to round out Office 365’s information governance and cybersecurity features.

Sedona Conference Releases Finalized Third Edition of the Sedona Principles

By Zach Warren |

The often-cited e-discovery guidelines were ‘put through the ringer,’ and the result is updated principles and expanded commentary for a new technological age.

Firm Culture, Flexibility Key in Retaining Millennial Attorneys

By Rhys Dipshan |

A session of Thomson Reuters’ Law Firm Leaders Forum discussed the way law firms can change to meet the novel needs of their newest employees.

Artificial Intelligence robot Pepper dances for the audience during the We Robot 2016 conference held at the UM Law School.

Susskind’s AI Bet: Too Far or Not Far Enough?

By Ian Lopez |

The famed author and lecturer has made some bold bets about the future of law. His views on AI have sparked much conversation and debate in the legal community.

Irish Court Throws U.S.-EU Data Transfers Into Uncertainty

By Ben Hancock |

The court referred a decision of the validity of "standard contractual clauses" to the EU's highest court, casting uncertainty legal tool that Facebook and thousands of other U.S. companies use to transfer personal data.

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Legal Innovation: It’s the New Roles that Make the New Tools

By Wendy Butler Curtis and Kate Orr, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe |

The convergence of law and technology requires the convergence of skillsets: professionals who understand the lifecycle of matters and the technology toolset.

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How AI's Opportunities Will Augment Rather than Replace Lawyers

By William Davis, Aderant |

There are a number of conceivable applications for AI in legal, but there remains societal barriers to overcome.

Lucy Koh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during her confirmation hearing to become a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. July 13, 2016.  Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM.

Yahoo and MDL Plaintiffs Asked to Weigh in On New Data Breach Disclosures

By Ross Todd |

A federal judge has asked both Yahoo Inc. and plaintiffs pursuing claims against the company over its massive data breach to weigh in on what the company’s disclosure of additional affected accounts means to the case.

Tech Isn’t a Silver Bullet for Adapting to Competitive Market

By Rhys Dipshan |

At the Thomson Reuters’ Law Firm Leaders Forum in New York, legal professionals discussed the holistic approach firms need to take to embrace efficient legal service delivery.

Equifax Atlanta HQ.

What Could Equifax CLO John Kelley Have Done Differently?

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

John Kelley, CLO of Equifax, has found himself at the center of the controversy surrounding the recent massive data breach at the company.

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Can Arbitration Solve Tech Sector's Litigation Cost Concerns?

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

A recent report identifies budgeting and time as major concerns for tech companies during litigation. Arbitration is an answer, says the report, but pros and cons exist for both dispute resolution mechanisms.

Lessons from Equifax: The Peril of Being 'Too Slow'

By C. Ryan Barber |

Lawyers at a cybersecurity conference in Washington look for lessons in Equifax's response to the company's data breach. "The right actions were taken and the right evaluations were made. But in today's world—too slow," one lawyer says.

Law firm cybersecurity risk assessment conceptual image.

Keeping up With Counsel: Inside Wolters Kluwer’s Cybersecurity Management App

By Rhys Dipshan |

The Cybersecurity Risk Assessment Application looks to automate the creation and tracking of cybersecurity questionnaires and remediation’s plans in a bid to mitigate law firm cyber risk.

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Note to Law Students: Consider a Career in Privacy Law

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

A panel at George Washington University Law School will discuss new opportunities for law school graduates and their own work in privacy law.

Law Firms Confident in Risk Management, but Ongoing Challenges Remain

By Rhys Dipshan |

A survey by American LegalNet found that many law firms are continuing to invest in risk management technology in the face of growing risk-related legal liabilities.

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New Morrison & Foerster Website Hopes to 'Scale Up' Startup Practice

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The new website, ScaleUp, may signal a return to a trend among law firms to provide more online educational resources.

Georgia State Capitol Building

New Online Portal Seeks to Help Georgia Crime Victims Apply for State Funding

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council will use the portal to replace its current paper application system.

David Nosal

David Nosal's Anti-Hacking Conviction Stands as U.S. Supreme Denies Cert

By Ross Todd |

Former Korn/Ferry International executive recruiter David Nosal has reached the end of the road in his attempt to overturn his criminal conviction under a controversial federal anti-hacking statute.

PwC: Law Firms Are Falling Behind on Technology, Client Expectations

By Chris Johnson |

A new report by the Big Four accounting giant has found that Big Law firms are failing to adequately invest in cutting-edge technologies.

Bess Hinson, Nelson Mullins, Atlanta.

As Hacks Proliferate, New Cybersecurity Roundtable Promotes Women's Leadership

By Meredith Hobbs |

Bess Hinson started the Atlanta Women in Cybersecurity Roundtable to spark female leadership in the fast-growing field.

Artificial intelligence

AI Hype Overshadows Legal’s Slow Crawl With Adoption and Understanding

By Rhys Dipshan |

Corporate legal departments in some of the largest global companies are looking to bring artificial intelligence (AI) in-house. The market for AI tools is heating up with no end in sight, and some former general counsel are moving into AI tech startups, confident that the technology is what the industry needs.

EU flags blown by wind in front of the European Commission Headquarters, also know as the Berlaymont building, on March 16, 2016 in Brussels.

EU Push to Filter 'Illegal' Content Raises Alarms in Silicon Valley

By Ben Hancock |

The European Commission is ramping up pressure on tech companies to more aggressively use automated filtering to scrub “illegal” content from the internet, a move that is drawing criticism from some lawyers and free speech activists in Silicon Valley.

Judicata's New Tool Wants to Help Your Brief Succeed in Court

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The new tool, Clerk, looks over briefs to determine whether their arguments, drafting and context are likely to find favor with judges.

Waymo driverless vehicle

We Asked California Lawyers for Views on the New Driverless Rules. Here's What They Said.

By Cheryl Miller |

Big Law and consumer advocates weigh in on new rules that could put no-hands driverless vehicles on streets next year.

The Myth of the Secure Cloud

By Nina Cunningham, Altman Weil, Cybersecurity Law & Strategy |

“There’s really no such thing as the cloud, there are only other people’s computers.” This may have been true at first; but it is now worth some investigation if the present threat environment today demands a secure cloud.

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Judge Mulls Limits to Search Warrants for Anti-Trump Protesters' Facebooks

By Cogan Schneier |

The ACLU asked the court to block or, at least, narrow a government search warrant for three Facebook accounts in connection with an investigation into criminal rioting on Inauguration Day.

Parsing Susskind: Examining Disruptions Caused by Project Management and AI

By Rhys Dipshan |

Four years ago, Richard Susskind published the first edition of “Tomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future.” With the rapid changes in the legal profession, tomorrow is now today.

Luke Dauchot, partner with Kirkland & Ellis.

Kirkland Partner and USC Instructor: IP Knowledge Not Just for Attorneys

By Rhys Dipshan |

The Kirkland & Ellis partner discusses how his University of Southern California class aims to spread awareness of IP beyond the legal industry, and how technology is stretching IP management to its limits.

Redefining Roles: IT a Growing Presence in Many Firms, but the Future's Uncertain

By Rhys Dipshan |

As law firms' needs and services evolve, IT departments are growing and expanding their roles, according to the 2017 LTN Law Firm Tech Survey. But their future is far from certain.

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Firms Offer More Web-Based Legal Tools, But at What Price?

By Miriam Rozen |

According to lawyers, consultants and vendors involved with the new web tools, the pricing equation is still being worked out.

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Judge Mulls Limits to Search Warrants for Anti-Trump Protesters' Facebooks

By Cogan Schneier |

A federal judge considered the probative value of Facebook “likes” and comments in a hearing Friday as he mulled how to address a motion to quash government search warrants for accounts connected to protests during President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Report Finds Law Firms Playing Catch-Up on Competitive Intelligence

By Lizzy McLellan |

Just 8 percent of firms believe their competitive intelligence functions are highly effective, according to a report released Wednesday by legal market intelligence provider Acritas and The Tilt Institute.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission building.

FTC Lawyers, Accused of Retaliating Against LabMD in Data Breach Case, Seek Immunity

By C. Ryan Barber |

The agency lawyers, want the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to overturn a lower court ruling that exposed them to civil damages.

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Bryan Cave's TechX 'Incubates' Firm Attorneys, Not Technology

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The firm's technology incubator this week announced its first deal in licensing Microsystems' Contract Companion tool.

Blockchain Company Ripple Scores Early Win in Cryptocurrency Suit

By Ben Hancock |

San Francisco-based blockchain company Ripple Labs Inc. has scored an early victory in its legal spat with rival R3 over a cryptocurrency deal worth more than $1 billion.

Petition to Look at Former CBS Lawyer Underscores Ethical Risks of Social Media

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

Former CBS lawyer Hayley Geftman-Gold is the subject of a petition calling for the New York State Bar Association to consider whether she is capable of remaining professional in response to a tragedy.

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A Dragonfly in the Ointment: Energy Sector Cyber Attacks Signal Dark Days Ahead

By Michael Bahar, Trevor Satnick and Mark Thibodeaux, Eversheds Sutherland, Cybersecurity Law & Strategy |

Recent attacks may not yet have resulted in damages or disruption, but Dragonfly appears to be positioning itself to learn how the targeted energy facilities operate while attempting to gain access to operational control systems.

Supreme Court Rejects Coca-Cola Case on Vending Machine ADA Compliance

By Tony Mauro |

The case could have had an impact on whether internet services and companies need to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Former ‘Payday Lending’ GC Convicted at Trial

By Stephanie Forshee |

Timothy Muir, former general counsel of AMG Services Inc., was found guilty Friday on 14 counts against him.

Jake Olcott

Former Congressional Cyber Adviser Turned Tech Exec: Legal’s Cybersecurity Is Improving

By Rhys Dipshan |

The slow pace of federal legislative action on cybersecurity issues is motivating many current and former government officials to look to the private sector for help. Just ask Jake Olcott, former legal and cybersecurity adviser to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee and the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee.

African-American man in prison.

SD Prisoners to Use Tablets, LexisNexis for Weekend Legal Questions Instead of Attorneys

By Ed Silverstein |

Previously, the contract attorneys assisted inmates in updating legal forms or assistance with case law research, but South Dakota believes the new measure saves time and money.

Tomorrow’s Lawyers, book by Richard Susskind.

Richard Susskind on Artificial Intelligence

By Richard Susskind |
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Startup Culture Is No Excuse for an Abusive Culture

By Shon Ramey |

The software and app market already presents plenty of technological risk; there’s no need to layer on the risk of a multimillion-dollar sexual harassment suit.

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Justices Double Down on Resistance to Broadcasting SCOTUS Arguments

By Tony Mauro |

In an Oct. 2 letter to four members of Congress who sought live audio access for the argument Gill v. Whitford, Jeffrey Minear said, “The court is unable to accommodate your request.”

Nike, Walmart, Intact Lawyers Offer Advice On Privacy By Design

By Stephanie Forshee |

In-house privacy counsel from several companies sounded off on their work during the Women, Influence and Power in Law Conference.

US Supreme Court Rejects Case Challenging Google's Trademark as Generic

By Ross Todd |

SAN FRANCSICO — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up a case challenging the registered trademark for the name of Google Inc.’s search engine.

Bitcoin

Following China, South Korea and Russia, Bitcoin Watchers Wary of Future Bans

By Ed Silverstein |

The China and South Korea bans and expected Russian regulations could impact the bitcoin business as enthusiasts wait to see what additional regulations and bans may follow.

RVM Acquires The Oliver Group to Expand Media Collection Capabilities

By Zach Warren |

The acquisition is the next step in RVM’s goal to differentiate through customer service and company loyalty.

Bitcoin, Fueling the Ransomware Epidemic

By M. Scott Koller, BakerHostetler, Cybersecurity Law & Strategy |

Money is a powerful motivator, but it alone wasn't enough to fuel the ransomware epidemic since it was first discovered in 1989. So what changed? In short, bitcoin.

Daniel Rodriguez.

AI Goes To Law School

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Some law schools are beginning to consider what their relationships with AI could look like.

Uber and Lyft Resist California Regulators' Appeal for Data Sharing

By Cheryl Miller |

Representatives for Uber and Lyft say sharing ride-hailing data with public agencies—even if that information is anonymized or reported in aggregate—threatens the privacy of both riders and drivers.

Michelle Lee

Ex-PTO Chief Michelle Lee Talks Next Steps, Disruptive Tech and What’s New in Silicon Valley

By Scott Graham |

The former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has accepted a visiting professor role at Stanford University, where she'll teach a class next winter on disruptive technologies.

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Bloomberg Law Brings AI to Research in ‘Points of Law’

By Rhys Dipshan |

Whether building an argument for a case or investigating applicable regulatory statues for a client, legal’s need for robust research capabilities has often driven technology adoption. And with the increasing application of artificial intelligence (AI), such research capabilities have been expanded to new heights of accuracy and specificity.